Meet The Comics

Here are just some of the comics you'll see at Jokesters Comedy Club.  

Be sure to check out their websites and videos to learn more about them.

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Comedian Don Barnhart is also a best-selling author, actor and filmmaker.


 "Don Barnhart's standup comedy show is a thrill ride of well-written, topical material exploring modern day society in a way that is hysterical, intelligent and thought provoking.  Don’s ability to keep audiences of all ages howling with laughter and coming back for more is what separates him from the average joke teller".


The award-winning comedian is also the director, producer of Jokesters TV - The late night comedy show seen nationally in over 23 million households on The Action Channel and The CW Las Vegas. Jokesters TV is also available on YouTube, Amazon Prime and your Smart TV.  Barnhart is also the director, producer and performer on The Ice House 50th Anniversary Special and wrote, directed and stars in the indie feature China Dolls.

Don's latest book, Rock Bottom is currently in preproduction as the comedy film Freeloader.  He is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, Finding Your Funny exploring the art, science and business of standup comedy.  With a humorous and heartfelt forward by Comedy Legend George Wallace, Finding Your Funny goes beyond Barnhart’s own 25-year journey and shares the brutal, often overlooked experience and advice of other comedians, entertainers, managers, agents and bookers. The book includes a no holds barred assessment about what clubs, venues and agents are actually looking for as well as many of the things you need to do and avoid if you’re looking into making comedy a career. 

Since 1992, Don has been producing and performing comedy shows for the troops and is the found of Battle Comics entertaining the troops overseas.  He is one of the stars and inspiration for Jordan Brady's documentary I Am Battle Comic exploring the importance of entertaining the troops around the world. Barnhart also stars in Finding The Funny with Brad Garret and Louie Anderson and plays a rather disgruntled, road weary and carefree comedian in the upcoming comedy film, Tribute To Fluffy.  Don can also be seen playing a psychotic mad man in the new web series Max Justice.

Don also stars in the new web series Class Clowns.  The show, created by Barnhart follows the mis-adventures of fictional comedian and former sitcom star Johnny B who pulls a “Kramer” takes a “Chappelle” and comes back to star in his own “Seinfeld” type of web series/reality show.  The show is written by Barnhart and Keith Lyle from The Hangover movie and co-stars Lyle and fellow Vegas comedians Derek Richards, Brent Mukai and Linda Vu all who can be seen performing at Jokesters.

Barnhart has been seen on MTV, Star Search, and Evening At The Improv and has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.  Barnhart is a Bob and Tom Show favorite and his comedy CD, I’m Not Just Eye Candy can be heard frequently on the comedy channels on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio.  In 2015, Don was the grand prize winner in the Levity Entertainment/Improv Comedy Contest and was the Grand Prize winner in the 2008 American Idol Underground Comedy Contest and received the IPAA's Bob Hope award for his dedication to performing for the troops.


In his off time Don Barnhart teaches stand up, improv and comedy writing at The Las Vegas Comedy Institute and is a contributing editor for Broadway World's Las Vegas region.

Don Barnhart

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A regular on the Las Vegas Strip, Derek’s act is fast, fresh, and at times, fanatical. He brings the funny with tales about his blue-collar upbringing, his divorce, the holidays and his child-free existence.

A veteran of several USO tours, Richards was chosen as one of the first performers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after the base began guarding jailed Al-Qaeda terrorists. The comedy tour earned Richards national coverage in Newsweek. He also has performed at U.S. base camps in Iraq, Afghanistan, and more than 15 countries.  He is also a regular performer with Battle Comics entertaining the troops around the world.

You can hear him on the air via the SiriusXM Satellite Radio Network and on the nationally syndicated, Bob and Tom Show along with Bob and Sheri. He was also featured on The Weather Channel's Top 10.

On the concert stage, he has been the opening act for Motown legends, The Temptations and The Four Tops.

His third comedy album, 60 MPH School Zone, garnered Honorable Mention accolades in the International Songwriting Competition in the spoken word comedy category. Get your copy at shows, iTunes and at his website. Hit the site to hear a sample of why this lunatic leaves every audience howling, and hoping he’ll be back.

Derek is a regular on Jokesters TV  and appears in the web series Class Clowns.  He's also the author of Whiskey, Cancer & Bad Decisions, now available on Amazon.

Derek Richards

Originally from Boston, Rick has been a recurring sketch performer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno whose keen observational humor, quick wit & and improv skills lead him to the finals in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition.  

Rick has appeared on other TV shows such as Comedy Central’s Stand-up Stand-up, Comedians Unleashed, Jokesters TV, Grand Slam Comedy Jam, National Lampoon’s Funny Money and Starz/Encore’s West Coast Comedy. He has headlined clubs and corporate events all across the country as well as entertained our troops with Battle Comics in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as performing in Japan, Korea, Italy, Bahrain, and Germany.

Off-stage, Rick has produced, sold & briefly appeared in three stand-up specials for the Showtime Network: Going Native (9/09), Green Collar Comedy Slam (4/10) and The Godfathers of Comedy (1/11).  In 2006 this “wicked die-hahd” Red Sox aficionado had his first book published:  How to Talk to a Yankee Fan… a tongue-in-cheek look at the rivalry between the Yankees and the rest of America. His 2nd book, Bathroom Bits, a collection of the “world’s greatest jokes” is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and his website.

Today, in addition to stand-up, Rick is the director, writer, and co-host of the Half Hour Happy Hour – a late night comedy show on the CW Network in northern NV & CA.

Rick D'Elia

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